Havana, Apr 18 (Agencies) President Miguel Díaz-Canel together with the Cuban people recall, in a day of several days, the epic in Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs), when combatants from the island faced the invasion financed by the United States 61 years ago in that area of the country.
Díaz-Canel recalled, on his official twitter account, a phrase by the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, belonging to the speech delivered at the main event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the victory at Playa Girón, on April 19, 1971 .
«When fighting in the Sierra Maestra, the Revolution waged its battles for specific objectives…, but when we arrived at Girón, our combatants went there to fight and die and pay whatever price was necessary for the cause of socialism!» the head of state.
After the attack on Cuban airports, the burial of the victims and the proclamation of the socialist nature of the Revolution, the invasion began on April 17, 1961, which sought to land by air and sea to conquer a beachhead in the western province of Matanzas and install a government previously appointed by Washington.
The action materialized Operation Pluto, approved by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was developed by the 2506 brigade, with 1,500 troops that left Nicaragua aboard five US ships.
According to witnesses, the combats were bloody and the bombings by US B-26s deployed against the island were criminal, reporting more than 150 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
The Cuban forces took some 1,200 prisoners, most of them Cuban exiles, and on April 24, 1961, President John F. Kennedy acknowledged the involvement of his government in the events, which endure as the first defeat of the United States in America. Latin.
In a day of several days, millions of Cubans remember that triumph over their neighbor to the north, which has insisted since then on destroying its Revolution with continuous aggressions, media campaigns and the blockade that Washington has imposed on the Caribbean island for six decades. despite the international community’s rejection of this ironclad policy of economic, commercial and financial siege.